End for analogue TV coming soon

NORTHERN Rivers households have only about nine months left until the Federal Government turns their old analogue televisions into door-stops.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has just announced the analogue signal on the Northern Rivers will be turned off on November 27, leaving only households with access to digital televisions or set-top-boxes able to watch TV.

The signal would be shut off on the Northern Rivers at the same time as the Hunter and the North West Slopes and Plains.

However, some towns could go even earlier, with an information package accompanying the announcement Byron Bay and Ocean Shores could both lose their analogue signal before November 27.

In a statement, Sen Conroy said more than 84% of northern NSW households had already switched to digital, giving them better picture quality and a more channels to choose from.

"Broadcasters are establishing up to seven new digital TV transmission sites across Northern NSW and upgrading ten community-operated analog self-help towers to broadcast the full suite of digital channels in readiness for switchover," Sen Conroy said.

"Households in areas unable to receive terrestrial reception will certainly not miss out and will be able to access the Government-funded Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service from 27 May 2012."

You can see the Northern NSW media pack here or go to http://goo.gl/diuYw .



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